Finding Your Roots
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Like all reality TV shows, once one becomes a hit there are copycat shows. I'm not sure which came first (and it really doesn't matter) but there is a similar show that aired on NBC titled "Who Do You Think You Are?". I've been watching both second season DVDs and enjoying both. I thought I'd point out the differences in both of my reviews.
Since "Who Do You Think You Are?" (WDYTYA) is on a commercial network, it obviously had commercials. With those deleted for the DVD, each episode runs only 42 minutes. And, because the producers want you to remember what happened before each commercial break (short-term memory loss? <g>), they rehash what came earlier after each of the six commercial breaks. As you will see by other reviews of both seasons, this is the biggest gripe both others and myself have with this series. The PBS series have no commercials so each episode is 58 minutes long with no breaks.
While the NBC show used it's funder, the commercial website Ancestry.com, to start the research and the celebrity not only does the research - with some guidance - but travels the country, and the globe, to visit the sites where their ancestors lived, Gates uses outside researchers to do the leg work and compiles the results into an "album: which he reviews with the celebrity subject. And Gates uses DNA, as well as documentary files and census records to search the heredity trail.Read more ›
Certain stories certainly pop more than others and I was particularly taken by the story of Angela Warnick Buchdahl on episode 5. Even though I'm neither Korean nor Jewish I found her own story absolutely fascinating not to mention her truly unique heritage and she's a person I'm truly interested in learning more about.Read more ›
Content: mild swearing "bleeped out", civil war and civil rights violence and blood
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Nice history series. I discount the celebrities and just enjoy their, for the most part, non-famous backgrounds. It was worth buying and I've watched it several times.Published 5 months ago by kat
replacement for one ordered from GoHastings that only had 1 disc.Published 8 months ago by dawn higgins
I enjoyed this DVD very much. All of the stories were intriguing, but I especially enjoyed Corey Booker and John Lewis. I encourage you to watch it.Published 11 months ago by B. House
A good product with very interesting content. Well worth the money.Published 12 months ago by John Terry